This New Year was Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s first as a married couple, and their last without children.
As we all know, the royals will soon be welcoming a baby into the family, but it’s unlikely that their little boy or girl will use the same surname either Harry or Meghan had as children.
Harry’s official title before marriage was His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales, but practically for school and work, it was ‘Harry Wales’. The name came from his father Prince Charles’ title as the ‘Prince of Wales’.
Likewise his brother William was known as ‘William Wales’, but as we’ve seen with his children George, Charlotte and Louis, they have not continued on the family name.
Prince William and Kate Middleton’s tots have taken the surname ‘Cambridge’, which is their dad’s title as the ‘Duke of Cambridge’.
It’s expected that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will follow suit and give their kids the surname ‘Sussex’, leaving behind both ‘Wales’ and ‘Markle’.
However, they may even buck tradition and go for ‘Markle’ or ‘Wales’ or ‘Windsor’ or even a double-barrel surname, but it’s unlikely we’ll officially find out for a good number of years.
Surnames are announced at school
In 2017, it was announced that Prince George would be known officially as ‘George Cambridge’ at his school Thomas’ Battersea in London.
It mirrored the announcement made years ago when Prince William and Prince Harry started school and revealed they would be known as William Wales and Harry Wales.
The royal brothers kept that surname as they moved into adulthood, with Prince William using the name ‘William Wales’ during his career as an air ambulance pilot and Prince Harry going by ‘Harry Wales’ when he served in the army.
Likewise, Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice are reported to go by the names ‘Eugenie York’ and ‘Beatrice York’ from time-to-time.
The royal family surname has been a hot topic for years.
They didn’t even have a last surname until 1917 when King George V decided that they would go by the name ‘Windsor’.
However, technically, anyone who has a Royal Highness title doesn’t need a surname at all, but most members of the royal family tend to use the name ‘Mountbatten-Windsor,’ which is a mix of the Queen and Prince Philip’s surnames.
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